Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Primavera I


Primavera I, 2021, diptych, acrylic on canvas, 37 x 15 cm, recently debuted in Rückenfigur at Queenscliff Gallery. It’s one of several paintings in the show that take their inspiration from my late Auntie Eileen’s doily collection. This group of works are particularly close to my heart and will be the focus of a forthcoming post. 

For those unable to catch Rückenfigur IRL, you can view it in 3D HERE.

Photo credit: Tim Gresham.

Monday, June 27, 2022

Official Opening of Rückenfigur at Queenscliff Gallery

Gaye Britt

Pictured above and below are selected highlights from yesterday afternoon’s launch of my solo show, Rückenfigur, at Queenscliff Gallery. A million thanks to all who came, including many who traveled from far and wide in somewhat inclement weather, to those who acquired works and to Queenscliff Gallery’s Theo and Soula Mantalvanos for making it all happen. 

To explore the exhibition in 3D, go here:

Soula Mantalvanos, myself, Dmetri Kakmi and Christine Hickson 

Peter Cooper and Carole Wilson 

Christine Hickson and Shane Jones

Soula Mantalvanos and Godwin Bradbeer

Kathryn Ryan, Antonio Baletta and Brendan Ryan

Terrence Morse and Beth

With Eugene Barilo von Reisberg 

Centre - right: Shane Jones, Christine Hickson, Libby Drew and Scott Bain

Lisa Sassella and Bill Reid

Shirley Ploog and Gaye Britt

Gaye Britt, Tim Gresham, myself and Kathryn Ryan

With Michael and Jennifer Fitzgerald  

Dmetri Kakmi and Theo Mantalvanos 

Susan and Antonio Balletta, Scott Bain and Libby Drew

Tim Gresham and Dmetri Kakmi 

Eugene Barilo von Reisberg and Shane Jones

Gaye Britt, Tim Gresham, Brendan Ryan and Kathryn Ryan

Susan Balletta and Brendan Ryan

Myself, Zoe and Soula

Iga and Peter Bajer and family. Peter and Iga were wonderful hosts during my recent residency at Geelong Grammar School. 

Paul Compton and Evan

A post-exhibition coffee at 360Q with these lovely people was one of the day’s highlights.
Clockwise: Shane Jones, myself, Kathryn Ryan, Brendan Ryan, Susan Balletta,
Angela Bourke, Antonio Balletta and Godwin Bradbeer. Thank you to the 
staff member who took the photo. 

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Rückenfigur: the zines


In an effort to calm pre-exhibition opening nerves, I’ve been keeping my hands busy and my brain reasonably focused by making a couple of eight-page mini-zines. 

Personally, I think zines are pretty cool, not that mine necessarily are. I do enjoy making them though, although it’s been awhile. In August a selection of my books and zines will be on display at the APW in Melbourne and over the next 6 - 12 months, two or three artist books are planned, so it’s good to be getting back in the zone. 

The zines shown here are illustrated with paintings from my show at Queenscliff Gallery and share the same title, Rückenfigur, which, as their subtitles reveal, loosely translates as “the turned figure’”. These are volumes 1 and 2. A third volume is in the pipeline.

The opening event for Rückenfigur, the exhibition, is this afternoon from 2 - 4 pm (see previous post). I know some of you are planning to attend and can’t wait to see you there. 

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Waiting in the Wings

Move over, sun, and give me some sky

I’ve got me some wings I’m eager to try

I may be unknown, but wait till I’ve flown

You’re gonna hear from me.*

Pictured above, clockwise: Hidden Wings; Waiting in the Wings; Flight of Fancy; Night Butterfly

Each work: 2021, acrylic on canvas, 12.5 x 12.5 cm.

They have just landed at Queenscliff Gallery for my latest solo show, Rückenfigur,

current to July 10. (Gallery hours: 10 am - 4 pm. Closed Tuesdays).

The Opening Event is this Sunday, 26 June, 2-4 pm. Your invitation is HERE.


81 Hesse Street Queenscliff VIC 3225 

*You’re Gonna Hear From Me

Music by André Previn, lyric by Dory Previn

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Rückenfigur in ARTIST PROFILE


Waiting, 2021, 35(h) x 12.5(w) Diptych, acrylic on canvas
Photo credit: Tim Gresham 

I’m delighted to learn that an article on my solo exhibition, opening tomorrow at Queenscliff Gallery, has been published in Issue #59 of ARTIST PROFILE magazine:

Deborah Klein's recent body of work, "Rückenfigur," explores the textures, techniques, and teachings that structure hidden histories of women's presence in art – both as creators and as subjects. The work represents a return to, and reflexive appraisal of, one of the artist's enduring themes: the (feminine) figure seen from behind.

In an artist’s statement accompanying the exhibition of this body of work at Queenscliff Gallery, Klein writes that the show “addresses a particularly divisive period in our history, when our state of disconnection – from ourselves, from each other and from the natural world – seems greater than ever before.” Her work’s engagement with ideas of disconnection is certainly timely, and well rounded, coming as it does after years of physical distancing from each other, continual environmental crisis, and new digitally-mediated patterns of social engagement which can leave us deeply isolated – by ourselves or in our echo chambers – just as readily as they can connect us. The disconnections which Klein’s work traces, however, are also historical; taking women as her object of fascination, Klein has spent decades asking how women have been obscured, forgotten, or written over in (art) history…

To read the full article, go here:

Little Girl Blue, 2021, 15.5(h) x 11(w)cm, pigmented drawing ink and gouache 

Rückenfigur runs from June 23 - July 10, 2022.  

Gallery hours: 10 am - 4 pm. Closed Tuesdays.


03 4202 0942 | A 81 Hesse Street Queenscliff VIC 3225 

Sunday, June 19, 2022

When one door closes…

This morning the studio door closed on a major body of work, several of which have singularly personal significance. 

Odalisque, 2022, diptych, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 20 cm
Photo credit: Tim Gresham 

Seeing it all reduced to little more than two boxes, it’s hard to believe that two years of work is sitting there - and then some. But you know what they say about big things coming in small packages...

As many of you are aware, most of the works in these boxes were made during a particularly challenging time in my life. Happily, that time has ended on a positive note, in perfect unison with the completion of the work.

This afternoon we delivered the boxes to Queenscliff Gallery. The next time I see their contents will be on the walls of the gallery.

My solo show, Rückenfigur, opens on June 23.

The opening event is on Sunday, June 26, from 2-4 pm

I hope you’ll come along next Sunday to help me celebrate happy endings, new beginnings - and so I can thank you for all your support along the way.

03 4202 0942 | A 81 Hesse Street Queenscliff VIC 3225 
Gallery hours: 10 am - 4 pm. Closed Tuesdays.

Friday, June 17, 2022

Varnishing Day

Varnishing paintings is an activity that usually strikes terror in my cowardly heart, but with an exhibition fast approaching, I just had to get on with it.

Pictured yesterday: the final varnish freshly applied to the painting component of my forthcoming solo show at Queenscliff Gallery, thankfully without mishap. 

Below: the last of the varnished works at day’s end. Click on images for a clearer view. 

The paintings are now ready for the gallery walls. You can preview all the work HERE, but I hope you’ll have a chance to view it in the flesh. Online is no substitute for the real thing, and a day trip to picturesque seaside Queenscliff is highly recommended.  


Recent paintings and drawings 


Opening eventSunday Jun 26, 2pm – 4pm

Exhibition run: Jun 23 – Jul 10, 2022

Gallery hours: 10 am - 4 pm. Closed Tuesdays.


03 4202 0942 | A 81 Hesse Street Queenscliff VIC 3225

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

APW George Collie Memorial Print Exhibition - an update


This morning’s activity before today’s road trip to Melbourne: packing the last of my works for the imminent APW George Collie Memorial Print Award Exhibition at the Australian Print WorkshopPictured top: Sister Act, 2000, colour relief print, 64 x 74 cm.

Huge thanks to my partner Shane Jones for his invaluable assistance.

The exhibition, which was originally scheduled for 2020, was postponed due to ongoing COVID lockdowns. It will finally take place in early August. Further information, including dates and times, will be announced shortly.